"MORE THAN" conquerers?
Do you see yourself as "More Than" a conqueror?
I'm asking you how you see yourself, not what you have been told you should be.
Your answer to this question affects your security and ultimately your destiny.
Don't be confused, being a conqueror is not a special calling for God's elite.
All of us are called to be overcomers as agents of God's kingdom.
But I find that most modern-day self-acclaimed Christians, at least a whole slew of placeholders in leadership within the Body of Christ are living oppressed under the attack and tyranny of evil.
They don't know how to win. Why?
We're not winning. Believers are exercising more unbelief than overcoming victorious faith. Our disappointments with social, political, and cultural depravity have turned us into self-centered cowards.
We are no longer concerned about advancing God's kingdom because we are consumed with worry about our personal need for security.
The Great Apostle Paul writes to the advancing Christian Church in Rome:
There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus!!!
To be condemned meant you were given a death sentence. Paul is clearly saying your death sentence has been removed.
But Paul qualifies his pronouncement with the additional clarifying sentence, " if you do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
The road to victory, to becoming more than a conqueror as Paul states in verse 37 of chapter 8 are activated when we "walk in the Spirit."
Walking in the Spirit involves submitting yourself to living from God's presence. Most of chapter 8 is about applying ourselves to this spiritual walk. My favorite part is verse 26 where Paul describes the Spirit making intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered.
The Holy Spirit longs to pray through us. He wants to empower us to pray bold prayers like Joshua's call upon God to extend the day or Peter's prayer for boldness to preach the gospel with courage after having his life threatened for preaching in public.
But we will NEVER pray these prayers or experience the release of the groaning of the Holy Spirit until we put our flesh to death. Stop listening to the demands of your body and the feelings in your soul. They lead you into self-protection which turns into condemnation. You get stuck over-thinking about yourself, your needs, and your wants.
Jesus said it like this: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." Luke 9:23
Becoming MORE THAN A CONQUEROR is about being willing to live absolutely dependant on the Holy Spirit to be your guide, your source, and your security. He's the leader. Follow HIM. Live at the risk in complete trust in Him.
The reward is you will give hell a headache
You will bring glory to Christ,
You will advance the cause of Jesus on earth,
You will know the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart, every day of your life!
and yes you will be MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!!!
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.